Guidance

Approved driving instructors: appeal a registration decision

How to appeal to an independent tribunal if you disagree with a decision about your trainee licence or registration as a driving instructor.

What you can appeal against

You can appeal to the tribunal if the Approved Driving Instructor Registrar:

  • refuses to give you a trainee licence
  • removes your trainee licence
  • refuses to extend your trainee licence
  • refuses to enter or keep your name on the register
  • removes your name from the register

Your case will be dealt with by a tribunal in the General Regulatory Chamber.

The tribunal is independent of the government, and will listen to both sides of the argument before it reaches a decision.

Time limits for appealing

You have a limited time to appeal after the ADI Registrar sends you their decision.

  • trainee instructors: 14 days
  • approved driving instructors: 28 days

How to appeal

Use the notice of appeal form, and guidance leaflet.

Clearly say why you want to appeal against the decision.

Include any supporting documents, like the ADI Registrar’s decision.

Send the form to grc@hmcts.gsi.gov.uk or:

General Regulatory Chamber
HM Courts & Tribunals Service
PO Box 9300
Leicester
LE1 8DJ

Telephone: 0300 123 4504

Tribunal staff can explain how the process works, but they can’t give you legal advice.

What happens next

The tribunal will write to you about the next steps, and tell you if there will be a hearing to decide on your case.

Transport hearings are normally held in London, Glasgow or Edinburgh.

Find out more about General Regulatory Chamber hearings and decisions.

Legislation and rules

You can find rules on driving instructor appeals under the:

Read more detailed rules on how your case will be handled:

Previous decisions

Read decisions on previous transport appeals.